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MAXWELL RETURNS...AT LAST!

Friday, 01 May 2009 09:43 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MAXWELL RETURNS...AT LAST!

MAXWELL, the mysterious Brooklyn-born falsetto-voiced singer who found instant fame with the classic neo-soul album 'Urban Hang Suite' in 1996, returns with his fourth studio album, 'BLACKsummers'night' via Sony Music on July 9th. It's the first instalment of a planned trilogy of albums under the title 'BLACKSUMMERS'NIGHT.' The second album in the series is apparently entitled 'BlackSUMMERS'Night' - and has a gospel feel - while the concluding volume, a collection of nocturnal slow jams is dubbed 'BlackSummers'NIGHT.' Sounds confusing? Well, all will be revealed in time, no doubt.
The new album follows in the wake of last year's sell out Stateside tour and the video for Maxwell's new single, 'Pretty Wings' can be seen at the singer's own website, www.musze.com

 

PARIS IN JUNE...

Friday, 01 May 2009 09:16 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

PARIS IN JUNE...

Though today she's known to millions of UK TV viewers as a makeover show presenter, the versatile and multi-talented MICA PARIS, started off as a soul singer in the late-'80s and notched up several substantial UK hits (including the classic single, 'My One Temptation' in 1988).
Her last album, 2005's 'Soul Classics,' finally has a follow-up: it's called 'Born Again' and is released by Rhythm Riders Records on 10th June. The CD is preceded by a James Morrison-penned single, 'Baby Come Back' (out 25th May). Mica has high hopes for the album which she claims is "the best album I have ever made" and is going on an extensive UK tour to promote it.
Look out for a full review soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

BLUE NOTE REISSUES

Thursday, 23 April 2009 14:08 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

BLUE NOTE REISSUES


The iconic jazz label set up in New York in 1939 by German Jewish émigrés Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff releases another batch of titles in its ongoing series the 'RVG Remasters' this month. All the titles have been remastered by the legendary engineer and studio boffin, Rudy Van Gelder - who's 84 and still going strong - at his famous Englewood Cliffs studio in New Jersey.
Here's the full list of titles:

GRANT GREEN - 'Street Of Dreams'
GRANT GREEN - 'Grant's First Stand'
HORACE SILVER - 'The Tokyo Blues'
JACKIE McLEAN - 'Bluesnik'
JACKIE McLEAN - 'One Step Beyond'
LEO PARKER - 'Rollin' With Leo'
PAUL CHAMBERS - 'Quintet'
STANLEY TURRENTINE - 'Chip Off The Old Block'
HORACE PARLAN - 'Up & Down'
BABY FACE WILLETTE - 'Stop & Listen'
GRACHAN MONCUR III - 'Some Other Stuff'
TONY WILLIAMS - 'Spring'

Look out for reviews of some of these titles soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com
For more information go to: www.bluenote.com


 

NEW CASSANDRA WILSON ALBUM OUT

Thursday, 23 April 2009 14:05 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW CASSANDRA WILSON ALBUM OUT

Smoky-voiced jazz diva, CASSANDRA WILSON, has a new album out on Blue Note this month - it's called 'Closer To You: The Pop Side' and cherry picks tracks from the singer's extensive Blue Note canon. As the title implies, the compilation focuses on Wilson's interpretations of songs taken from the pop and rock world - it includes material penned by redoubtable songwriters like Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Neil Young as well as songs scribed by Sting and Irish rock band, U2. The album is available in download format as well as conventional CD mode.

 

GOSPEL INDA SOUL

Thursday, 23 April 2009 04:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GOSPEL INDA SOUL

Most real soul seekers know that more often than not the best place to find it these days is in the catalogues of the US indie gospel labels and Sheffield's MIKE WARD'S Inda Soul set up is currently promoting three gospel sets that amongst them boast some fine modern soul music. First up is 'The Cries Of A Sinner' from INDIANA NORFLEET, which though suffering, in places from underproduction, offers one great modern soul tune in the shape of 'I Can't Do Without You Lord'. The young Chicagoan has a fine, warm, emotive soul voice and the tune's one that could cross over. For more information go to www.myspace.com/indiananorfleet. Second set is the sophomore album from JOHNNY SANDERS. 'God Said' probably proffers too much testifying for the average soul fan, but the young TV Gospel show host has a great voice - heard to best effect on the sweet ballad 'I've Been Redeemed' while the uptempo ' If God, Be God' might set feet tapping despite the heavy lyric. Investigate more at www.digstation.com/johnnysanders . Finally there's 'Truth Is The Light' from the BLESSED ONES - a gospel choir from North Carolina. Again the ensemble's enthusiasm makes up for the underproduction. The reflective 'Why Is The World Like This' is the cut that stands out while anoraks should know that group founder WILLIE D FEASTER was/is WILLIE from the All Platinum band, WILLIE AND THE MIGHTY MAGNIFICENTS.

 

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